Five spring training questions facing Giants
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Giants pitchers and catchers report to Arizona on Friday, Feb. 14. And as ceremonial as the first sound of a popping glove -- for baseball beat writers, anyway -- it’s the five burning issues that face the team as spring training begins.
All about health
Leaving spring training healthy is the No. 1 goal for every team, but it's even more important for the Giants with their lack of depth in both the everyday lineup and rotation. Can the Giants enter the regular season at full strength?
Crunch time for Panda
It's a contract year for Pablo Sandoval, with extension talks expected on the horizon. Will he show his dedication to fitness is no anomaly and re-sign with San Francisco or will he opt for a chance at a monster free-agent contract with a big season?
Simply put, the starting five must recover in a major way for the Giants to even consider contending in the NL West and Wild Card. Will they regain their past dominance?
Pat in the 'pen enough?
Bullpen specialization is an increasing trend in baseball with the goal of "shortening the game," a concept championed by Oakland's Billy Beane. The Giants re-signed Javier Lopez, but didn't do much else to augment a less than perfect relief corps. Did they need to do more to improve their bullpen?
Kids come knocking
It’ll be a spirited competition for the Harry S. Jordan Award, given to the most impressive player in his first major league camp. Which youngsters in the Giants organization will be first to crack the bigs?